All Wings Considered – May 18, 2014

All Wings Considered – May 18, 2014

Male Bobolink by Tim Spahr
Blackburnian Warbler by Margo Goetschkes
Immature Male Orchard Oriole by Nathan Dubrow

This morning as Paula McFarland got our All Wings Considered walk off to a fine start.  I met our group at the “S-curves” and at every turn,
we had spectacular views of migrants in the “spectacular curves”!

Our participants were treated to a wave of warblers – Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Yellow, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, and Chestnut-sided.

There’s no other warbler with a orange, flame throat like the Blackburnian’s – that’s a handsome bird.   Bay-breasted Warblers are closely related to  Blackpolls, and hybrids are reported between the two species. The research states that Bay-breasteds are known to hybridize with Yellow-rumped as well as Blackburnian warblers.

At the Wardens, we came across a pair of Orchard Orioles, mud gathering Barn Swallows, Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows.

I came across some young, very sharp-eyed and enthusiastic birders this morning looking up at migrant songbirds and not down at an electronic device – the next generation of bird educators!

Good birding,